Anyone Else Rent A Commercial Kitchen For Cookie Business?

Baking By LesGateauxCheri Updated 9 Jul 2009 , 12:54am by cylstrial

LesGateauxCheri Posted 7 Jul 2009 , 3:52am
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I just met with my local community center and they agreed to rent out their kitchen to me so I can pursue my cookie business. Does anyone else do this? Can you offer any pointers? I was planning on starting out slow - renting maybe for one weekend a month and knock out a bunch of cookies and cookie bouquets.
I am open to any advice/comments! icon_smile.gif

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smbkarla Posted 7 Jul 2009 , 4:50pm
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I would also be interested knowing this. I have often thought about checking into this but in the area I am in there are not a lot of options.

cylstrial Posted 7 Jul 2009 , 6:55pm
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I never thought about trying a community center. Good idea! Thanks for sharing! May I ask how much they are going to charge you? Or have you hashed that out yet? And if you don't want to answer the money question...don't worry about it!

Sweetriley Posted 7 Jul 2009 , 7:09pm
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I checked into doing the same thing in Georgia and using a community center is not allowed (or a church or anything similar). The only facility they recognize is one that has been inspected and licensed by the Department of Agriculture. You are not even allowed to use a restaurant kitchen. Not sure if it's the same in your state. The only option I have here is to rent a co-op shared kitchen (outrageously expensive) or convert one of my rooms into a separate kitchen (even more expensive). Yet in Tennessee (just an hour away from me) using your own kicthen is completely legal. Frustrating!

LesGateauxCheri Posted 7 Jul 2009 , 10:44pm
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cylstrial - Well - they were going to charge me $20 per hour but my local farmer's market called me today and they want me to have a booth to sell my cookies. They told me about another facility that is cheaper - so I have left them a message - we will see how much cheaper they are. The community center is inspected by the department of agriculture - in fact they stopped by to inspect it as I was in the meeting. haha. In Washington - you just have to use a commercial kitchen that has been approved, and most community centers here have been.

cylstrial Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 12:54am
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Thanks LesGateauxCheri! I hope that the other place is cheaper than $20 an hour. That is pretty hefty! You would have to charge a bunch or work really fast to get the cake done. Good luck! Let us know how the other one goes.

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